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Vacancy Announcement at UNDP


Against the background of a rapid increase in the number of refugees in Uganda, primarily from South Sudan but also including DRC, Somalia and Burundi, combined with a recent deterioration of the food security and vulnerability situation and a deterioration of the security situation in several neighbouring countries, UNDP is increasing its support to the Government in Uganda in nationally-led efforts to address displacement and provide durable solutions to refugees.

UNDP is a central partner of the Government in Uganda as it works towards the achievement of the second National Development Plan and its long-term development goals set forth in Vision 2040. In respect of refugees, the Government has a world-leading, progressive and solutions-oriented approach to refugees as outlined in the Settlement Transformative Agenda.

As such UNDP, as outlined in the UN Development Assistance Framework and the Refugee and Host Population Empowerment (ReHoPE) strategy, is committed to working with the Government to enable refugees and their host communities to become safer, self-reliant and to live their lives with dignity. In the UNDP Strategic Plan (2014-2017) and the Uganda Country Programme (2016-2020), peace, security and systems resilience; institutional effectiveness; inclusive green growth; youth employment and natural resource management, including disaster risk reduction are regarded as critical for growth and human security.

UNDP has recently completed the development of an Emergency Response and Resilience Strategy, focusing on the refugee influx from South Sudan and the implications for host communities in Northern Uganda. The strategy seeks to bolster the Government of Uganda’s efforts to address the vulnerabilities and capacities of refugees and their host communities in an integrated manner addressing, economic, and environmental and social aspects, including community security. Key components of the strategy includes 1) Emergency livelihoods and economic recovery through cash for work, 2) protection of victims of sexual and gender based violence(SGBV), and 3) strengthening of relevant national and local government function.

UNDP is therefore seeking a Field Coordinator to support the implementation in Yumbe.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Programme Specialist – Displacement, and with technical support from UNDP’s Area Manager for Northern Uganda, the Field Coordinator is expected to support the implementation of the Emergency Response and Resilience Strategy based in Yumbe. The Strategy is implemented under UNDP’s flagship Inclusive Green Growth for Poverty Reduction programme, in close collaboration with UNDP’s programmes on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction; Peace, Security & System Resilience; and Rule of Law & Constitutional Democracy.

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